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by Boudicea
Fri Nov 12, 2021 3:15 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: How do you break up with your farrier?
Replies: 5
Views: 893

How do you break up with your farrier?

My farrier is a really nice guy. But he's twice cut my horse too short this year resulting in me having to give him time off.

I'm switching to another farrier but I have to tell my old farrier that I'm switching. How do I do this?? Ugh.
by Boudicea
Sat Sep 11, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Who rides bareback?
Replies: 24
Views: 2794

Re: Who rides bareback?

Too often probably. Mostly I do it out of lazyness or to save time. I use one of those success saddle pads to cushion the bum. They stay in place pretty well, too. I wouldn't recommend it on another horse but my boy is a saint. I also love to ride with no shoes on. Feels fantastic. But if I do too m...
by Boudicea
Tue Jun 22, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Wow
Replies: 22
Views: 3555

Re: Wow

Not that I am disagreeing but there was some research about bone density in young race horses that suggested they had stronger bones than unraced horses. But I never saw the original article. I'm just curious about if the right degree of exercise is ideal? I wonder if anyone else has heard of the r...
by Boudicea
Tue Jun 22, 2021 3:55 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Wow
Replies: 22
Views: 3555

Re: Wow

Not that I am disagreeing but there was some research about bone density in young race horses that suggested they had stronger bones than unraced horses. But I never saw the original article. I'm just curious about if the right degree of exercise is ideal? I wonder if anyone else has heard of the ra...
by Boudicea
Tue Jun 22, 2021 3:41 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Bits and spurs
Replies: 51
Views: 6292

Re: Bits and spurs

Boudicca horses have different mouth conformations and sensitivity which is why I’ve tried different bits to fit Joplin’s mouth conformation. I don’t subscribe that it is always the hind end at all. Karen Rohlf definitely does not as well. Why she developed a bitless bridle though I have not had to...
by Boudicea
Tue May 18, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Bits and spurs
Replies: 51
Views: 6292

Re: Bits and spurs

No spurs. I use a single jointed bradoon both in the double and same one for my snaffle bridle. I think the nutcracker effect is a misunderstanding of mechanics and plus my horse doesn't like the tongue pressure of the double jointed bits and has a small mouth. I have a thinner curb for the same rea...
by Boudicea
Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Will Faerber again
Replies: 182
Views: 18791

Re: Will Faerber again

Well at least for me if I see someone riding this way I will think the same things about them that I think of people riding in hyperflexion. It's abusive.
by Boudicea
Sat Apr 24, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Will Faerber again
Replies: 182
Views: 18791

Re: Will Faerber again

It's just so repulsive to me to place a horse's head and more importantly balance in such an unatural position whether you're on contact or not. The horse is dumped down on the forehand and all the energy is going into the dirt. The antithesis of dressage. No different than rolkur. It's less damagi...
by Boudicea
Sat Apr 24, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Will Faerber again
Replies: 182
Views: 18791

Re: Will Faerber again

It's just so repulsive to me to place a horse's head and more importantly balance in such an unatural position whether you're on contact or not. The horse is dumped down on the forehand and all the energy is going into the dirt. The antithesis of dressage. No different than rolkur.
by Boudicea
Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Will Faerber again
Replies: 182
Views: 18791

Re: Will Faerber again

I had not heard of any of this so checked out some videos. Puke. How could anyone watch this for more than 2 seconds and think it was a good way to ride a horse? As equally unappealing to me as hyperflexion.
by Boudicea
Wed Mar 17, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: position and different horses
Replies: 14
Views: 2702

Re: position and different horses

My position flaws stay the same regardless of the horse but do get worse and more obvious with horses that are dull to the aides.
by Boudicea
Tue Mar 16, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Second trot
Replies: 56
Views: 8153

Re: Second trot

I usually don't like to critique videos but I keep thinking if that before/after video of the chestnut was my lusitano I would be murdered for either trot shown. So much tension in that horse disguised by an active hind leg in my opinion. I didn't like before or after. But maybe horse is green and j...
by Boudicea
Tue Jan 26, 2021 6:07 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Second trot
Replies: 56
Views: 8153

Re: Second trot

i did speak to my friend there, who is a good GP rider and a judge and she said if you cannot produce the second trot you are not going to score in the seventies That reminds me of a discussion I had with a post-doc who had talked to an editor at Cell. The editor said if it didn't have CRISPR in th...
by Boudicea
Sat Jan 09, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Second trot
Replies: 56
Views: 8153

Re: Second trot

So is this what collected trot should be? I'm going to need to join a gym if that's the case lol. I can do it but maintaining it throughout the ride is going to take a lot more conditioing. And I think I'd worry about my horse's joints if he had to maintain this trot for extended periods. Although p...
by Boudicea
Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Second trot
Replies: 56
Views: 8153

Second trot

I have a question to discuss. Firstly, I'm frogling from UDBB and still have my lusitano Sol. When you watch the big competitions it seems like horses move in what I think would be described as the second trot. There is also a video from Charlotte about developing it I believe. I followed what she s...
by Boudicea
Wed Oct 28, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: training to self-load
Replies: 62
Views: 7491

Re: training to self-load

I would never tie any horse in the trailer before doing the butt bar up no matter how good they are about riding or loading. John lyons method worked for me but I can't say it helped my horse be more comfortable with the trailer. It just made him more obedient to get on. Perhaps I didn't do it corre...
by Boudicea
Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sidedness
Replies: 7
Views: 1627

Sidedness

I was listening to "the horse first" podcast. I haven't gotten very far but like it so far. There was one thing she says though that I would like to discuss. She says a horse should not feel sided. They do not have a dominant side because they are quadrupeds and should be symmetrical. This...
by Boudicea
Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: shoes and performance
Replies: 61
Views: 11514

Re: shoes and performance

Studs and snow pads! Check! its 27F today. Grrr. We have snow so I guess we are now ready. I am glad that the "getup" should provide more traction on snow/ice. It's a super bonus since at times it can be icy even with the best of management. Pretty sure that there is a law that says if yo...
by Boudicea
Sat Oct 24, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: shoes and performance
Replies: 61
Views: 11514

Re: shoes and performance

MM is definitely 100% sound. but she's also a mustang. But that doesn't mean she won't benefit from them! Not sure where you're located. I'm in the southern US. I'm in New England. The ground here is soft one day and hard the next. Mud but also rocks and gravel and more rocks. I feel like because o...
by Boudicea
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Old friend died
Replies: 13
Views: 2816

Re: Old friend died

I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, Sue. Something you said has resonated with me. I've had my bouts with depression and anxiety and during these times it does really feel like there is just no future. Everything feels negative. Maybe it will help to think about this and to try to imagine a world...
by Boudicea
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: shoes and performance
Replies: 61
Views: 11514

Re: shoes and performance

First I will caveat this by saying I think a lot depends on the environment. But I have yet to see a barefoot horse here where I live that wouldn't benefit from shoes . In fact I'd go so far as to say most of them don't seem 100% sound. I love the idea of barefoot but have not been convinced of its ...
by Boudicea
Sun Oct 04, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Video discussion thoughts on this work? Daniel Dockx on Stretching and Collection
Replies: 26
Views: 8743

Re: Video discussion thoughts on this work? Daniel Dockx on Stretching and Collection

Well that's not how I warm up my lusitano... Seems like a waste of a warm up really. I also fall into the stretching comes after collection camp. I never had to teach my horse to stretch?! And yeah 7 and doing I1? Well I guess when the horse breaks they can buy another. Sorry it makes me angry to se...
by Boudicea
Sun May 17, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Neck conformation
Replies: 40
Views: 12146

Re: Neck conformation

I have not ridden too many warmbloods or horses bred for dressage but I have ridden a lot of weirdly put together horses and I've often found that although it may seem like the neck is a problem especially with really funky neck conformation, it's almost always the hind end. That doesn't mean the re...
by Boudicea
Sat May 16, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Neck conformation
Replies: 40
Views: 12146

Re: Neck conformation

It's not about the neck conformation. It's about the hind end. They will fool you into trying to fix it with the reins but it's actually the hind end you have to fix.
by Boudicea
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you watching?
Replies: 166
Views: 49868

Re: So what are you watching?

I just finished The Witcher. I'm not sure if I like it or not but I really enjoyed staring at Henry Cavil . :lol:
by Boudicea
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: a "what would you do" scenario about cats
Replies: 15
Views: 6500

Re: a "what would you do" scenario about cats

Thanks Chancellor. ;) And thanks everyone for your input. I'm the one who lost the kitten. I've been thinking about going back to the breeder and inquire about this runt that was in the litter and she was hanging on to because he was a runt. But I liked him and he was very much full of energy and bo...
by Boudicea
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: a "what would you do" scenario about cats
Replies: 15
Views: 6500

a "what would you do" scenario about cats

Since this seems more like a personal/ethical type of question I thought to post it here rather than in the menagerie. I apologize if I erred on that decision. I can go into details if you'd like. I am not meaning to be coy but every time I've tried to write this I find myself writing a novel and th...
by Boudicea
Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Random things that annoy you (a thread for venting small things)
Replies: 53
Views: 18526

Re: Random things that annoy you (a thread for venting small things)

People who clip their nails in public. Why dear god why

The rampant misuse/misunderstanding of the central dogma in biology.

Blanket season.
by Boudicea
Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Your Warmup - how do you prepare?
Replies: 15
Views: 7966

Re: Your Warmup - how do you prepare?

I don't have a set warm up. I have a sort of loose framework but I tend to change my warm up according to how Sol feels that day. But yes, the warm up usually involves the following components: lots of changes of direction in the walk and then trot to start off, some lateral work--exactly what depen...
by Boudicea
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Spin-off: What are your greatest strengths?
Replies: 21
Views: 10069

Re: Spin-off: What are your greatest strengths?

My horse is my biggest strength. He's been essential for helping me learn dressage. Other than that I'm exceptionally good at taking instruction. This comes with a down side for me in that I try so hard to be a blank slate/turn off my processing center so I can respond as quickly as possible to the ...
by Boudicea
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Piaffe and Passage aids
Replies: 31
Views: 12898

Re: Piaffe and Passage aids

Thanks for the kind words khall. Yes, shoulder freedom has been a struggle in all gaits for us. Still need to work on more carrying with the hind end.
by Boudicea
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Canter - Suppling or Strenthening or ???
Replies: 47
Views: 14997

Re: Canter - Suppling or Strenthening or ???

I find my horse's trot to improve after the canter because he has an easier time sitting in the canter. So I feel like a lot depends on the horse. I also understand Linden's point of why have a trainer you dont feel you can trust. On the other I also totally understand limited access to good trainer...
by Boudicea
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Piaffe and Passage aids
Replies: 31
Views: 12898

Re: Piaffe and Passage aids

Hi no not new. It's 'frogling' I just don't post much anymore. Yes the saddle is also pushed forward. I don't want to use a crupper as he is a gray and has melanomas under his tail--but yea that probably is what he needs. I have also tried a foregirth which didn't work. Saddle pads. Different saddle...
by Boudicea
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Piaffe and Passage aids
Replies: 31
Views: 12898

Re: Piaffe and Passage aids

I feel like alternating aides could really damage the rhythm. I try to ride it mostly from my seat and core but I admit that I find my heels coming up so I can use the edge of my boot on his belly to convince him to engage his core. He can do a very nice hollow backed piaffe/ passage otherwise. Been...
by Boudicea
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: snowpony?
Replies: 0
Views: 1440

snowpony?

Hi,

Does anyone know if snowpony still hangs around or how to get in touch with her?

Thanks!
by Boudicea
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve
Replies: 60
Views: 21765

Re: Things you will never be able to do & Problems you will never be able to solve

At this point I think it would take an act of god to get a real medium out of my horse LOL. Not to say we haven't made improvements in that area but I just don't think he has it in him nor do I have it in me. I'm not really heart broken over it. He's really good at collected work and a blast to ride...
by Boudicea
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: How much arena work?
Replies: 37
Views: 20058

Re: How much arena work?

I ride about 50:50. I don't think my horse cares but *I* certainly get ring sour. And actually I have the opposite with my horse. On the trail he is slower and I'm the ring he has more go. Maybe just because of his background, I don't know. He was terrified of being out of a ring he I first got him ...
by Boudicea
Tue May 23, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My Perseverence is Paying Off
Replies: 29
Views: 15806

Re: My Perseverence is Paying Off

I also think the bravery thing is a combo of bloodlines and handling. It's been my experience that you have to prove yourself to them but once you do and you have their trust they will do anything for you. At least that is how it was with mine.
by Boudicea
Tue May 23, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My Perseverence is Paying Off
Replies: 29
Views: 15806

Re: My Perseverence is Paying Off

I actually think this is a mare vs gelding/ stallion thing. For better or worse the spanish and Portuguese bred the Iberian mare for breeding and the stallion for riding. Almost without exception I have found the lusitano mares to be so smart it makes for a difficult ride and requires a very sensiti...
by Boudicea
Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:00 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tell me about your good horse/ experience
Replies: 44
Views: 19369

Re: Tell me about your good horse/ experience

Sol is one cool dude if I do say so myself. Level headed but hot off the aids. Not sure what I'm going to do when it's time for him to retire. I hope that day won't come for a long time. I had to move from where we were so no more off-lead walks on the trail. I miss having him at home. I always like...
by Boudicea
Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:16 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Tell me about your good horse/ experience
Replies: 44
Views: 19369

Re: Tell me about your good horse/ experience

There are a lot of reasons why Sol is the most awesomest horse on the planet. His temperament and how fun he is to ride, I could go on all day. But there is one memory I have that I think makes me the happiest to have him in my life. I'm a slow walker. I don't mean to be but for whatever reason if I...
by Boudicea
Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:37 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Afraid of being bitten by a bat?
Replies: 25
Views: 12062

Re: Afraid of being bitten by a bat?

Yea it's me. Still not really a fan of bats or rabies but doing ok thanks to medication. lol

hope you start to feel better soon Chisamba.
by Boudicea
Sat May 28, 2016 2:51 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: When the farrier makes a mistake?
Replies: 12
Views: 7411

Re: When the farrier makes a mistake?

Yea. He cut his frog and it bled. Farrier said that Sol jerked his leg but it didn't look that way to me. But maybe I'm wrong. I think I will give him one chance to see how he will decide to handle these mistakes. If he is an ass about it then I guess it is time to move on. I realize shit happens bu...
by Boudicea
Tue May 24, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: When the farrier makes a mistake?
Replies: 12
Views: 7411

Re: When the farrier makes a mistake?

Thanks everyone. I will see how he responds next time he comes. When I texted him after the vet visit he only said he was surprised it didn't show up right away.
by Boudicea
Sun May 22, 2016 3:01 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: When the farrier makes a mistake?
Replies: 12
Views: 7411

When the farrier makes a mistake?

If a farrier accidentally cut your horse's frog in one foot and then put a high nail in the other foot on the same day, what would be your response? Say you have been using this guy for 2 years and he has been doing a good job in terms of angles and breakover (you have xrays done anualy). I know the...
by Boudicea
Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:22 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Am I making yet another bad decison?
Replies: 15
Views: 9370

Re: Am I making yet another bad decison?

Thanks to everyone for the input.

Tarlo Farm
You've been unpleasant to me in the past. So perhaps in the future you can just move along if what I post bothers you. I'm sure you have better things to do besides trying to make me feel bad about myself.
by Boudicea
Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Am I making yet another bad decison?
Replies: 15
Views: 9370

Re: Am I making yet another bad decison?

Tarlo Farm.
Nice to see you haven't changed. Thanks for your constructive input.
by Boudicea
Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:31 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Am I making yet another bad decison?
Replies: 15
Views: 9370

Re: Am I making yet another bad decison?

Yes. Sorry I forgot to say I changed my name but I used to be frogling.
by Boudicea
Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:24 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Am I making yet another bad decison?
Replies: 15
Views: 9370

Am I making yet another bad decison?

We used to have a lot of biologists here as I recall and also some may remember a bit of my experience with grad school when I got my masters so... so I thouht this might be a good place to mull over some thoughts. I've been working as a tech in a research lab. I'm over qualified for the position an...
by Boudicea
Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:56 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Tell us about YOU.
Replies: 215
Views: 122076

Re: Tell us about YOU.

I've been sorta lurking for a while now. I'm very busy during the week and then get distracted on the weekends. But maybe some remember me from the old UDBB. I was frogling. I changed my name because it felt right. I still have the very best horse on the planet aka Sol who is now 16 years old. He's ...

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